St. Clair Shores — A woman charged with dismembering the body of her son and leaving it along St. Clair County roadways was arraigned Monday on first degree premeditated murder charges.
Donna Scrivo, 60, a registered nurse, was denied bond at her arraignment before Judge Joseph Oster in 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores.
“These charges of first degree premeditated murder demonstrate the lengths Mrs. Scrivo went to before, during, and after the murder of her son,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric J. Smith said in a press release.
Also, Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz ruled Monday that Ramsay Scrivo, 32, the son of the defendant, died as the result of asphyxiation and he ruled the death a homicide.
Scrivo was previously charged on Feb. 3 with disinterment and mutilation of a body, and removing a body without the medical examiner’s permission.
He attorney, Mark Haddad, didn’t immediately respond for comment.
The remains of Scrivo were discovered in plastic bags in four locations in China and St. Clair townships, police said. Details of the investigation include security videos of Scrivo buying the Skilsaw used to dismember her son (which was found in one of the bags of body parts) and DNA evidence found in the trunk of her vehicle.
“This case, while disturbing, has been a model for interdepartmental communication and cooperation,” said St. Clair Shores Police Chief Todd Woodcox.
St. Clair Shores Police Detective Sgt. Jay Cohoe said since Scrivo’s Feb. 3 arraignment authorities had been working to prove charges of murder. He added Scrivo will under go mental examination to determine if she is fit to stand trial.
Ramsay Scrivo became despondent after the terminal illness of his father, who died from a heart ailment in May, according to police and court records.
Doctors determined Scrivo was psychotic and a danger to himself, according to Macomb County Probate Court records.
His mother petitioned for temporary guardianship May 16, one day after the death of his father, Daniel, 61, the records show.
Detroit News Staff Writer Francis X. Donnelly contributed.